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10 Secrets to Successful Magic
Here are 10 little ways to improve the overall success quotient of your magic.
1. Always start with clutter clearing.
When I want to manifest or shift something, if I have any clutter ***anywhere*** (and let's admit it - we all do unless we just-just-JUST cleared clutter), I start by focusing on that. Nothing unsticks and opens the door to positivity like getting rid of the junk in your physical space.
2. Choose intentions with joy behind them.
We always want to look for the JOY. That's our gold, and the clue to our natural divine momentum and flow. When we choose intentions with joy, we get to merge our energetic efforts with the Universe, which of course always works in our favor. 
3. Have fun with your rituals and spells.
Fun is the fairy dust and silver bullet that takes your magic from good to great. If your manifestation efforts feel fun and expansive to you, they are always a success. So wait until the idea of the ritual feels fun - or tweak it until it does - before you begin. 
4. Make sure your front door is energetically clear.
Your front door is a symbol of the positive flow of energy and blessings into your life experience. If it's dusty or squeaky, covered by a vine, rarely used, or its full range of motion is obstructed by something, this is simply a physical mirror of an energetic block between you and your natural flow of blessings. The good news? You can remedy it easily by washing it, painting it, oiling it, making sure to activate it regularly by opening it to water the plants or get the mail, or moving whatever is obstructing its full range of motion. A new doormat and shiny address numbers won't hurt either. 
5. Get your beauty sleep.
Deep and restful sleep helps us align with our intuition and shore up our personal power. So if your sleep has been a little challenged of late, make sure your bedding is super comfy, your bedroom is clutter free, and your caffeine intake isn't too intense (particularly in the second half of the day). Holding a black tourmaline, or keeping it under your pillow or by your head, is another way to enhance the depth and quality of your sleep. Added bonus: it clears and protects your energy while you sleep.
6. Exercise to get your energy moving.
We often think of exercising as a way to change the way our body is shaped over time. But just one day of exercising instantly gets your energy moving and increases your electrical emanation (aura) every single time time. And this means your magical power is increased as well. Not to mention, exercise relieves stress and infuses you with a radiant glow. 
7. Eat and drink nourishing foods/beverages that your body loves.
Similarly, eating and drinking things that fuel your physical body's health also fuel your magical and spiritual health, and keep your aura and personal power strong. So tune in deeply to what your body is asking for in order to thrive.
8. Laugh a lot.
Laughing opens you up to all the beauty and magic of the universe. By lightening your spirit and increasing your electrical emanation (aura), it clears the way for the Divine to flow through you and your life experience. And believe it or not, simply making the decision to laugh more - and then making a point of doing so - actually works. Because the more you laugh, the more others laugh, and then the hilarity bounces back to you again and increases your laughter again. (Notice the added bonus of increasing the overall laughter quotient of the world.)
9. Remember you are co-creating with the Divine.
Speaking of clearing the way for the Divine to flow through you, it's important to remember ***this is where the magic comes from.*** When we hold the expectation that the little/finite "me" has to do all the work, we effectively use our free will to shut out the Divine flow that will facilitate our most ideal magical and personal success. So relax, release, lighten up, and open up to Divine miracles and blessings so that your magic will succeed. 
10. Cultivate a sense of joyful expectation.
When we do open up to the Divine as our co-creator and magical master of ceremonies, there is a lightness and a joy. We don't feel pressured or desperate or worried, and we feel light and open and free, as if we are certain that the most wonderful possible thing is about to happen. 
In fact, you might consider inwardly repeating the affirmation, "Something wonderful is about to happen...Something wonderful is happening now." You'll notice this affirmation brings a secretive smile to your face and a magical magnetism that attracts all kinds of fabulous things.
P.S. Stay in the inspiration loop! Registration is now open for The Good Vibe Tribe: my new membership program with new online magic workshops every month, weekly web chats, and a forum to connect with other members. To learn more and watch an introductory video, click here.
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    Janet Boyer says #
    Joy--that's the berries, isn't it? We've been de-cluttering since November and OMG, the energy! I hit 2016 running, and I really t

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Casting Love Spells: A Cautionary Tale

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Once upon a time, a young foolish teenager cast a spell.

She cast a spell at one of the many power sites in the world, where all the elements meet in one place. Air, water, fire, and earth ... where the land meets the ocean. She found a pure white stone, and asked the Gods to bring to her a true love. She was tired of waiting, so she sought out a way to bring him to her. She held the stone in her left hand, and cast the love spell in the way that she was taught to cast it: without envisioning a specific person and without being unduly specific, because magic follows the path of least resistance, and magic often does not work in ways that humans understand or can anticipate. She held the stone firmly, and when she felt ready, she threw the stone out into the ocean, into the crest of a huge wave, and determined that the waves of the oceans constantly coming into shore would eventually bring love into her life.

It took three years and many relationships and coincidences for him to arrive.

How did she know that he was the one she asked the sea to bring to her?

His name means "from the sea."


I wrote this little “fairy tale” story back in 2007, when I still was with the person in question whose name meant “from the sea.” Yes, that young foolish teenager that cast the love spell was me, and yes, the story above (though flowery in language) really happened. Why am I writing about it now? That spell taught me very valuable lessons in how spell-casting really works.

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The Black Thread Charm

In 1841, Georg Waitz discovered two magic charms in a 9-10th century codex in the Cathedral Chapter library of Merseburg, the only surviving literary remnants of Old High German heathenry. In the second Merseburg charm, Woten heals a horse's sprain after other gods have failed.

Variants of this charm, with different gods and saints, survive all over northwestern Europe—the Germanies, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Shetland, and the Hebrides—but a similar spell preserved from Vedic India suggests that it may be ancient of origin indeed.

The charm is of the type known to scholars as a historiola: what linguist Philip A. Shaw defines as “a charm in which a narrative is employed that in some way represents or symbolises the achievement of the desired outcome of the charm” (Shaw 62). Magic-workers have been harnessing the driving power of story to propel their charms for millennia; modern spell-smiths take note!

 The Old Craft version of the charm cited below invokes, as one would expect, the god of witches in his person of Wild Rider.

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Zap the World!

65 years ago the number of new pagans in the world was negligible. Now we number (possibly) in the (low) tens of millions, in (probably) every country of the world. (Did you know that there are New Pagan movements in virtually all of the Turkic-speaking countries of Central Asia? G****e Tengrism.) (Tengri = Blue Father Sky.) In the course of the history of religions, that's really pretty remarkable. How in the world did it happen?

According to Sparky T. Rabbit, it's a spell.

Yes, folks, Gerald Gardner cast a spell and zap! Here we are.

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    Steven Posch says #
    A tale lyrically told, Linette, and all the better for being true. I join my voice to yours.
  • Linette
    Linette says #
    When I was a kid, even a very little kid, I had this "thing" I did with the Universe. This very wonderful innate relationship wher

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Day 2 of the #13daysofmagic challenge

Today's #13daysofmagic spell is an anti-confusion spell. You can find this spell in the next volume of Modern Witch Magazine, which will be out this winter. 

There were some really great posts on the first day, here are just a few that really stuck out! You can see more by  searching #13daysfmagic on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. 

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This year I thought it might be fun to gather some of my close friends and celebrate magic! Beginning October 19th join Jacki Smith from Coventry Creations, Author David Salisbury, Adam Sartwell and The Temple of Witchcraft, Storm Faerywolf from Blue Rose Faery, Black Rose Witchcraft, myself and others for our #13daysofmagic challenge! 


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    I'm looking forward to this!!

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Sisters, Brothers, can you spare me a spell?

Can you help me save sacred water in our holy wells?

We have been campaigning to prevent this since 2010 but the Tory government in Westminster that governs Northern Ireland is keen on fracking and have even mentioned the expansion of it in the Queens Speech in Parliament.

While we living in the Republic of Ireland have been painstakingly campaigned blockades county by county in legislation it looks as if the pollution that will honour no international borders on this single island is coming our way.

I live in the Cavan/Fermanagh border counties of Ireland eight miles from where Tamboran intends to start fracking test drills for fracking (hydraulic fracturing) shale gas over the next quarter. This landscape, originally settled by the Tuatha dé Danaan, Ireland's fairy race, is mostly limestone and bog, a network of underground streams, rivers and loughs. The River Shannon originates underground in the caves beneath Fermanagh's Cuilcagh Mountain before rising in the Republic of Ireland in Co. Cavan. The area's natural heritage is of enough international signficence to warrant Global Geopark status.

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    Courtney Weber says #
    Bee, we feel you here in NYC. We've been fighting for years to keep fracking out of our state. It is an uphill endeavor, sometimes

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